Cookies and coffee milk

To emphasise  the fantabulousness of Nigella Lawson, for our podcast “Celebrity chefs; love them or loathe them”, I made the most delicious  ‘Totally chocolate chocolate chip cookie” from her ‘Nigella Express’ book. As a  concomitant to these other worldly treats, I thought the worlds easiest iced coffee would work perfectly.

Coffee milkHalf a cup of milk, I use  whole

Coffee milk

Coffee milk

Into a glass it goes, I love the delicate milk bubbles left in the bottom

Coffee milk

As an optional indulgence a dash of cream

Coffee milk

This stuff is great, for impatient coffee drinkers who want their caffeine fix quick, like me

Coffee milkJust a teaspoon of this tar like liquid will do

DSCF2623Like treacle it falls slowly to meet the milk

Coffee milkBut mixes in in seconds

Coffee milkA little ice

Coffee milkFrozen island in a milky coffee sea

Coffee milk Yuuummmmm perfect

Commander cupcakes

Cobra Commander here, proceed with Cupcake mission, that's an order!

Cobra Commander here, proceed with Cupcake mission, that's an order!

So this all week Cobra Commander is in the woods, executing “Operation Green Paper”.  At the request of several of his comrades I was set a mission; “Please bake something.”  I chose to accept my mission,so here are the results;

Mission Commander Cupcakes;  Makes about 18 cupcakes

White chocolate Swiss meringue butter cream – indulgence doesn’t go much deeper than this!!

1/4 pint of egg whites, about 4 eggs. Save to yolks for later

8 oz sugar

A pinch of salt

Oh so creamy

Oh so creamy

1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature & cut into cubes

3 oz white chocolate, melted

Set a pan of water on the stove to simmer away gently.

Whisk, whisk, whisk

Whisk, whisk, whisk

Put the egg whites, sugar and salt into a bowl.

I use the mixing bowl of my

Sweet, frothy, slimy

Sweet, frothy, slimy

kitchen aid  because later this requires a lot of whipping. Put the bowl over the simmering water and whisk, with a hand whisk, until the sugar dissolves and the whites are hot. Keep whisking, the last thing you want is scrambles egg whites.

Only when the meringue is cold can you whip in the butter.  Add a little at a time, whipping on the second speed until all the butter is incorporated. Then increase to the third speed add the white chocolate and  beat until smooth.

Thick glossy white, can it get any better?

Thick glossy white, can it get any better?

Yes, it can.. add the butter and chocolate

Yes, it can.. add the butter and chocolate

An oven preheated to 325° is a very useful thing.

Chocolate coconut cupcakes;DSCF1383

6 oz unsalted butter, room temperature

6 oz sugar

125 ml coconut milk

1 tsp camp coffee

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 oz dark chocolate, melted (I use green and blacks 70% cocoa, because I love it)

8 oz flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

5 oz sweetened coconut flakes

Yes the list of ingredients is rather long, but it requires practically no effort. Let’s get started!

In a mixing bowl cream  together the butter and sugar, they are one. Combine all the liquid ingredients and add these to the mix. The batter may look curdled, but not to worry, increase the speed and beat it into a smooth submission.

Reduce the speed and add in the egg yolks and melted chocolate.

In a separate bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together. Add half of this to the wet ingredients, beating slowly, just until all the flour is mixed in. Still beating on a slow speed add in the coconut.

Rich chocolatey batter, sweet flaked coconut

Rich chocolatey batter, sweet flaked coconut

Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again.

Stir in the other half of the flour mix by hand. Make sure to dig deep and get to the bottom of the bowl.

Line a cupcake tin with papers, I found camouflage ones to give the men in uniform . Distribute the batter evenly between them.

Protect the papers men!

Protect the papers men!

OK, I was super anal and used a cookie dough scoop to do this, I put three scoops into each paper. If you wanted the cupcakes to be bigger you could do four scoops, but I had to make it  stretch a bit. I was making them for what felt like enough for a whole battalion!!

Sitting pretty, waiting for their date with the oven.

Sitting pretty, waiting for their date with the oven.

How make scoops would you like?

How make scoops would you like?

Throw them into the over and give them about 15 minutes, check with a skewer. If it comes out clean there ready. I never use a time and due to my terrible memory always forget to look at the clock when I put things into the oven. So I have to rely on the smell test. When I start smelling them I go have a peek.

Just your average days baking at The Croakery

Just your average days baking at The Croakery

Remove, cool, ice, indulge!!

OK men, brace yourselves........they will eat you alive

OK men, brace yourselves........they will eat you alive